The Kenya Nutritionists and Dietetics Institute (KNDI) has given JKUAT conditional license to run two Bachelor of Science programmes; the Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Food Science and Nutrition domiciled in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for a period of three months. The full license will be granted upon the completion of the dedicated Food Science and Nutrition laboratory.
KNDI revealed this, September 26, 2018 at the conclusion of the two-day inspection exercise of the programmes offered in the School of Food and Nutrition Sciences. KNDI is mandated to provide training, registration, licensing, regulation and practice of the nutritionists and dieticians.
Welcoming KNDI to the University, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi expressed optimism that the exercise will be useful in enhancing the two programmes.
“As a University, we are aware of the importance of these inspections especially in helping JKUAT to deliver competent graduates in various fields,” opined Prof. Ngumi.
While giving the verdict of the inspection, KNDI CEO, Dr. David Okeyo, commended JKUAT’s effort in the area food science and nutrition research and extension services evident by the grants they receive for research purposes.
“I must say that you have a qualified and competent faculty that is capable to build the capacity of nutrition and dietetics experts and call upon you (food science faculty) to guide the aspect of food nutrition stipulated in government development agenda,” said Dr. Okeyo.
The CEO recognized the high caliber of graduates JKUAT produce and adjured the scientist in the school to double their efforts in publication of their research work. “There is a niche for JKUAT to produce highly qualified graduates and this is exemplified by the standard of training witnessed in the school.”
To further build the capacity of the graduates being churned out in the 64 institution offering food science, nutrition and dietetics, Dr. Okeyo reported that KNDI is introducing a one year internship training programme for the students.
Dr. Okeyo informed those present that KNDI’s mission is to partner with relevant stakeholders, including higher learning institutions in promoting the nutrition status and well–being of the Kenyans.